Thursday, February 19, 2009

Battlebots

Great Satan's high tech, all weather and global killer military killing machine is totally off the hook.

" When U.S. forces went into Iraq, the original invasion had no robotic systems on the ground. By the end of 2004, there were 150 robots on the ground in Iraq; a year later there were 2,400; by the end of 2008, there were about 12,000 robots of nearly two dozen varieties operating on the ground in Iraq. As one retired Army officer put it, the “Army of the Grand Robotic” is taking shape.

It isn’t just on the ground: military robots have been taking to the skies—and the seas and space, too. And the field is rapidly advancing. The robotic systems now rolling out in prototype stage are far more capable, intelligent, and autonomous than ones already in service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But even they are just the start.

As one robotics executive put it at a demonstration of new military prototypes a couple of years ago, “The robots you are seeing here today I like to think of as the Model T. These are not what you are going to see when they are actually deployed in the field. We are seeing the very first stages of this technology.”

And just as the Model T exploded on the scene—selling only 239 cars in its first year and over one million a decade later—the demand for robotic warriors is growing very rapidly. "

Sweet!

Great Satan's premier think tank gives all the nuts and bolts about "Military Robots and the Laws of War" and let's just say - these catbots AIN'T paw paws Cylons baybee.

"First, since it will be very difficult to guarantee that autonomous robots can, as required by the laws of war, discriminate between civilian and military targets and avoid unnecessary suffering, they should be allowed the autonomous use only of non-lethal weapons. That is, while the very same robot might also carry lethal weapons, it should be programmed such that only a human can authorize their use.

Second, just as any human’s right to self-defense is limited, so too should be a robot’s. This sounds simple enough, but oddly the Pentagon has already pushed the legal interpretation that our drones have an inherent right to self-defense, including even to preemptively fire on potential threats, such as an anti-aircraft radar system that lights them up. There is a logic to this argument, but it leads down a very dark pathway; self-defense must not be permitted to trump other relevant ethical concerns.

Third, the human creators and operators of autonomous robots must be held accountable for the machines’ actions."

True that - after all - Dr. Frankenstein didn't get a free pass for his home grown critter's misdeeds.

“The more society adheres to ethical norms, democratic values, and individual rights, the more successful a warfighter that society will be.”

Pic - "By Your Command"

2 comments:

AI said...

Hmmm, Asimov would be impressed hence, the proliferation of robotics and yet dismayed at the thought that his trusted three laws may not be adhered to.
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7001829

Great posting Court!

Skunkfeathers said...

As it appears that we are far advanced beyond our enemies in the field of batbots, will the Obama admin -- driven by Code Pinkbot, Moronbot.org, et al -- demand that we share our batbot technology with our enemies, to level the playing field?

And will this lead the Democrapbots in Congress to demand a Fairness Doctrine for batbots?

Stay tuned... ;)